Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (A Symphony of Horror)
- Publication date
- Universal Studios (?)
- English Titles (silent)
An unauthorized production of Bram Stoker's work (The legal heirs didn't give their permission), so the names had to be changed. But this wasn't enough: The widow of Bram Stoker won two lawsuits (1924 and 1929) in which she demanded the destruction of all copies of the movie, however happily copies of it were already too widespread to destroy them all. Later, Universal studios could break her resistance against this movie. Count Orlok's move to Wisburg (Obviously the real "Wismar") brings the plague traceable to his dealings with the Realtor Thomas Hutter, and the Count's obsession with Hutter's wife, Ellen the only one with the power to end the evil.
DVD Empire Description
A Symphony Of Horror
A long time ago in middle Europe, a decrepit, forbidding castle stood... Casting an ominous shadow over the townspeople who dare not look upon it, the unholy dwelling is home to one Count Orlok (Max Schreck) , an undead night creature with a taste for human blood.
Into this picture steps Hutter, an unwary traveler who visits the Count. He carries with him the deed for a property Orlock wishes to buy in Hutter's home town of Wisborg.
That night, in preparation for the long sea voyage ahead, the vampire hastily loads his coffin aboard ship and waits...
Once at sea, Orlock bares his fangs and upon arrival in Wisborg, leaves behind a floating morgue. Now, preparing to feast on the citizens, the cadaveous Count, prowls the darkness as the eerie Nosferatu.
Max Schreck...Graf Orlok
Gustav von Wangenheim...Hutter (as Gustav v. Wangenheim)
Greta Schröder...Ellen Hutter, seine Frau (as Greta Schroeder)
Alexander Granach...Knock, ein Häusermakler
Georg H. Schnell...Westenra, Harkers Freund (as G.H. Schnell)
Ruth Landshoff...Lucy, Westenras Frau
John Gottowt...Professor Bulwer, ein Paracelsianer
Gustav Botz...Professor Sievers, der Stadtartzt
Max Nemetz...Käpitän der Demeter
Wolfgang Heinz...Matrose 1
Albert Venohr...Matrose 2
Eric van Viele...Sailor
Guido Herzfeld...Wirt (uncredited)
Fanny Schreck...Krankenschwester im Hospital (uncredited)
Hardy von Francois...Artzt im Hospital (uncredited)
An Unholy Assignment
An Eager Traveler
Approaching Castle Orlok
Repast with the Count
Hutter Bears Witness
A Man of Silence
A Wife's Hope
The Death Ship
The Master is Near
Fate of Empusa
The Coming Plague
Invitation to a Vampire
- 2007-04-10 12:10:12
- Black & White (Tinted)
- F.W. Murnau
- Run time
- Silent (Soundtrack)
Subject: Good movie
Subject: Poor picture quality.
Subject: I LOVE NOSFERATU!
with that said: ditto to what every1 said about the music! ive heard way better then this! & yeah ellens "voice" where she cries out with the doc by her side should not of been there! that was awful even laughable.
but again love this longer version!
Subject: Matt's Hot Spot presents: Nosferatu rant
Subject: Yeah It's To Evil
Subject: It's Evil
Subject: production company
Subject: To bryanf37-
I do agree with you on the music, Awful! Glad I've got the "(The Ultimate Two-Disc Edition)", that includes the original score.
one star- Under Copyright.
Subject: Just Awful!
The intertitles are bright green and in cursive. I can understand including intertitles which were previously missing or lost, but they have added words or changed sentences entirely from the original intertitles.
Tinting which is normally subtle to convey time of day, the difference between inside and outside, or emotion is completely over done. It is not pleasant viewing. I describe the tinting as Crayola Yellow instead of Sepia, Deep Cinnamon Red instead of soft pink. Dennim blue like when you mix 1/8 cup Mrs.Stewart's Bluing to one gallon of water instead of a nice soft blue.
A period soundtrack would have been nice. Having a woman moan on the soundtrack while Nina sits up from a frightening dream was just pathetic.
I give 1 star for the "restoration" as it completely ruined the movie, otherwise it is an excellent move. I want to thank the person who uploaded it though, I now know I will never buy a film from Kino. There are far better and cleaner public domain versions. I think this one is the best http://www.archive.org/details/nosferatu
Subject: under copyright
Willem Dafoe does a crdible job of recreating the Schreck version in an otherwise forgettable movie,"Shadow of the Vampire" which was made around 2000.
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